This is not a black-and-white issue. Conventional and home-grown remedies both have their place. Sure, if I get thrown out of that car window at 70
mph, I want a surgeon (or at least a good tailor
) to put me back together. then I will calmly start researching any side effects I have from
the patch job and try to alleviate them through more natural means.
In reality, the differences are minor, but profound. Almost all drugs are developed through study of plant materials and their effects on human
physiology. Once a possible 'cure' has been found, the treatment is adjusted using chemical means to produce a more powerful medication that can
then be patented
It sounds great, improving on nature. But the problem comes into play when we realize how little we actually know about the myriad of chemical
processes involved in the different aspects of what we call simply 'life'. As in the case with the statins above, the medications prescribed may
well prevent one undesirable condition from occurring, but they can also stop a very desirable (and necessary
) condition from occurring at the
Yet, this process is repeated over and over every day in the quest for new and better drugs. Actually, that's not quite true, so let me correct that
statement. This process is repeated over and over every day in the quest for more and more money. Check out the latest medications being touted.
You'll be amazed at how many of them require continuous treatment for the rest of the patient's life. Sorry, but that's not the definition of a
cure, it's the definition of an addiction. The reason is simple: there is more money to be made from selling drugs than there is to be made from
Now when a new drug is released, the first thing that is needed is to sell it to people. After all, it makes the pharmaceutical company that holds the
patent nothing while it sits on a shelf removing dust from the air. So, advertising is used to make people think it is the latest miracle drug that
will cure whatever ails 'em. The doctors are targeted too, with kickbacks and presents to make sure they prescribe the drugs whenever possible.
All this is overseen by the FDA, which has admitted to using test results from the pharmaceuticals themselves rather than running independent testing.
And since the FDA is charged by the mighty US Government with protecting the safety of the foods and drugs supplied in this nation, an approval by the
FDA is a defense (according to a recent Federal Court ruling) against any lawsuits brought against the aforementioned pharmaceutical company. In
simple terms, if someone in a pharmaceutical comes out with a cure for hangnails, runs some quick shoddy tests, applies to the FDA for approval, their
own tests can (and are) used as evidence that the new drug is safe. Now, should it later be discovered that this miracle cure for hangnails causes
some patients' brains to leak out of their ears, no problem. They cannot sue, because the FDA said the drug was OK because the pharmaceutical company
told them it was OK. Is anyone else shooting blood out their ears yet?
As to the 'junk science' comment, all science is not junk, but unfortunately some is. For instance, did anyone know I am dead, and have been for
several years? That's according to the science of high cholesterol, smoking dangers, and high blood pressure. I have smoked for 35+ years, full
flavored 'cowboy killers' at 1.5-2 packs per day. I drank like a fish (OK, I know fish don't drink, it's an expression) for several years, I eat
one or two oversized meals a day, each one loaded down with fried food and fat, and pay absolutely no attention to my blood pressure.
My cholesterol count at last check (12 years ago?) was 361. I was disappointed; I thought it should have been higher. My blood pressure stays high
(according to that little chart), somewhere between 'hypertension' and 'stroke', save for the one day every two years when I have to appease some
dude in a white lab coat that I'm still alive. I cannot count the number of doctors who have told me I was going to die if I didn't take this or
that medicine. I didn't; most of them are now dead.
So I take medical 'science' with a serious grain of salt whenever I am told that it will cost something to keep me alive. There is good medicine out
there, and I will gladly thank the doctors should I get thrown from that car window I mentioned earlier (assuming they don't kill me with a overdose
first). But when a doctor tells me I have to quit smoking or I will die, or I have to take a drug to lower my cholesterol or die, I smile broadly,
inform them they're fired for attempted extortion, and walk out of their office with a cigarette hanging from my lips.
Some day I will die. Everyone does. Smokers, non-smokers, grease addicts, vegetarians, all of us will die. All I ask is that some idiot doctor
doesn't stand up at my funeral and say 'I told him so.' Being right one time out of 1000 isn't something to brag about. I have left orders to
injure anyone who tries that, so they can have the pleasure of listening to idiot doctors.